When it launched the current-generation E-Class, Mercedes-Benz hyped the luxury sedan’s advanced driver-assistance tech. But Mercedes didn’t forget about people who view driving as a pleasure, rather than a chore to be delegated to electronics.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 debuting next month at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is all about performance. Its idea of a driver-assist system is “Drift Mode” which, while admittedly an idea copied from the Ford Focus RS, gives you an idea of what the E63 is all about.
Giving the E63 the power to drift is the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 used in the AMG C63 and AMG GT sports car, hooked to a nine-speed dual-clutch automated transmission and a performance-tuned version of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The standard E63 has 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, while the E63 S boasts 603 hp and 627 lb-ft. That makes it the most powerful E-Class model ever, although it’s still shy of the 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of the rival Cadillac CTS-V.